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SOWNY » Current U.S. Television Sports Broadcast Rights Fees » Yesterday 8:22 am

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A little history for you. CBS began telecasting NFL games in 1956. When the AFL began operation in 1960, NBC obtained that leagues broadcast rights. The NFL, and CBS, looked down on the rival league much the same way the NHL did with the WHA. Unlike the WHA, the AFL would not go away and in 1970 the two leagues merged with an NFC and an AFC conference. In 1970, the League decided to experiment with a Monday game. ABC got MNF and now had their foot in the door. Everything was pretty much the same with CBS doing NFC games and NBC doing AFC games until 1994. FOX, then known as the Bart Simpson, Al Bundy network, literally threw a boulder into the NFL pond. They paid 1.06B for 4 years of NFC games, outbidding CBS by 150M per season. CBS was in a football wilderness for four years until 1998 when the AFC rights came up for renewal. CBS outbid NBC, paying 500M per season over 8 years. In 1987, the NFL ventured into the cable landscape for the first time introducing Sunday Night Football. That would go to NBC in 2006 after ABC ended its 36 year run of MNF which resumed on ESPN. When the NFL awarded the cable rights to ESPN, one of the agreements was that the game must be available OTA in the home and visiting team markets. That rule is still in effect today. In Canada. we have much more access to NFL games than viewers south of the border. I dont know how much Bell paid for the rights, but CTV, CTV2,TSN and RDS have access to all games. With timeshifting, one could have access to six or seven different games. South of the border, local stations would go on spin cycle if out of market affiliates were available. So, only three Sunday afternoon games for them.

SOWNY » The Star’s Rosie DiManno Nails It On The Demise Of Newspapers » Yesterday 6:54 am

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Dale Patterson wrote:

Saw a copy of the sports section of the Toronto Sun the other day. On the front page it said "for last night's results, go to torontosun.com." So why not just not buy the paper and get the results online for free instead of yesterday's news. That's the problem with newspapers, they are yesterday's news and people want today's news.

If you are looking for results of hockey and baseball games played in the Eastern and Central time zones the results are published in the Sun. For results of games played in the Mountain and Pacific time zones, you are directed to the torontosun.com website. At one time, the Sun published two editions of its paper. A City edition, which had all the scores and a suburban edition, which went to the 905 communities and beyond, which had no west coast game results. 

SOWNY » Current U.S. Television Sports Broadcast Rights Fees » September 17, 2019 6:01 am

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I know some of the contributers here are not big sports fans, particularly NFL. I thought you might find what the U.S. networks pay to broadcast the NHL, NBA, MLB and NFL games interesting.                                                                NHL- NBC paid 2B in 2011 for a ten year contract.                                                                                                        NBA- ABC,ESPN paid 24B for a nine year contract that expires in 2025.                                                                    MLB- FOX paid 4.2B for the current, 2013-21 contract. They have renewed for another seven years at a cost of 5.1B. NFL- CBS,NBC,FOX,ESPN paid a combined 39.6B in 2014 for an eight year contract for Sunday and Monday games. In 2018, FOX signed a five year contract for Thursday games only for 3B.                                                                   For the soccer enthusiasts, in 2015, NBC signed a six year contract worth 1B to televise English Premiere League matches.

SOWNY » Summer Ratings » September 11, 2019 6:41 am

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Hi Radio Aaron That is great you were able to find morning drive numbers. Any chance you could could post them for the more important Spring and Fall periods as well. Afternoon drive would be interesting to see if you have access to those figures.

SOWNY » Sept. 6, 1952: The Day TV Came To Canada - And It Wasn't Toronto » September 7, 2019 7:30 am

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According to the website logopedia, the trans-Canada map was indeed introduced in 1958 and was used until 1974. The butterfly arrived in 1966 and was only used to announce a colour program was about to begin much the same way NBC used the "Laramie" Peacock.It was retired in 1974 when all CBC programming was in colour. The "Gem" otherwise known as the  exploding pizza first arrived in December 1974 in a reddy/yellowy/orangy display on a blue background. From 1986-92 the logo was blue on a white background. In 1992, the number of geometric sections in the logo was reduced from twenty five to thirteen and the colour was changed to red on a white background. It is still in use today.

SOWNY » Why Cars Don't Have Those Long Radio Antennas Anymore » September 6, 2019 8:02 am

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The article mentions the GM window antennas. My dad's 1972 Chocolate Brown Chevy Biscayne had one. The AM reception was reasonably good for DXing. No FM though. Too expensive according to dad.

SOWNY » 22 years ago, on a sleepy Saturday Night in radio...then this happened » September 2, 2019 9:40 pm

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I was in Miami attending a Dolphins game on Sunday Nov 11th. While waiting in line for beer at halftime, one of the tv monitors had a network news update with a map of Southern Ontario displaying a giant X beside Toronto. I thought oh,oh, something big has happened back home for the U.S. networks to notice. Ironically, that weekend there were train derailments in Holland, Michigan and Molino, Fla.

SOWNY » 1997 Sept 2nd Howard lands in town! » September 2, 2019 9:19 pm

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At the time Stern aired in Canada, you could listen to him live on WBUF. Q107 aired the show on a rather lengthy 15-20 minute delay probably to appease the CRTC and any listeners with overly sensitive ears who might be offended.

SOWNY » Obvious racist signs » August 27, 2019 6:55 am

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RA, That was my first reaction as well. On second thought, perhaps a case could be made on how this story is being covered by local media. Reaction from local residents etc. I do see where this could and probably would lead very quickly. Another political left vs right donnybrook. There are many sites for discussions of that nature. This site is not one of them.

SOWNY » Instant Replay Bonus: TV Shows About Radio » August 25, 2019 6:35 am

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It is truly amazing that WKRP In Cincinnati lasted four years in production. From 1978-82 the series endured twelve!! timeslot changes airing mostly on Mondays. The final season aired on Wednesdays 8-8:30, 9-9:30 and 8:30-9. With that many changes, it is incredible that viewers found the show. Somehow, they did. In the second season, the series finished 22nd in the Neilsen ratings. Sandwiched between MASH and Lou Grant probably helped a bit.                  Sadly, someone did not renew the copyrights for the music that aired on the series in time. As a result, the music is not the original in the episodes viewable now.

SOWNY » CKNT » August 22, 2019 3:41 am

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The daytime signal is good in Whitby [401-Brock] Nighttime signal nonexistent until 401-McCowan, Listenable signal 401-Avenue Rd.

SOWNY » New Format Hopes To Reach The Audience Radio Ignores » August 22, 2019 3:22 am

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I always remember driving up north on Hwy 400 and I think around the Holland Marsh there was a giant billboard proudly proclaiming " CHAY FM 93.1 For The Next 300 Kilometers" They were probably the only FM station in cottage country at that time. Rock 95 hadn't arrived yet. CKBB was still on 950 and CFOR on 1570. Thankfully, my parents only had AM in the family automobile then.

SOWNY » What Was The First Real Radio Station? Detroit Outlet Claims The Title » August 21, 2019 1:08 pm

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I looked at Dale Patterson's 2017 post of the June 1965 full page CFRB new studio location ad in the Star. Of the 24 personalities pictured, only 5 I did not recognize. At that time, my parent's kitchen radio had only two knobs. CFRB and off.

SOWNY » New Format Hopes To Reach The Audience Radio Ignores » August 21, 2019 12:46 pm

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I think the format has merit and would be successful until the baby boomer generation is dead and buried. The "Beautiful Music"  format ruled FM through the 60's and 70's until my parent's generation passed away. I think CKOT in Tillsonburg was the last of the so-called Elevator Music stations in Southern Ontario to update their format.

SOWNY » AT&T/Direct TV- CBS Carriage Fee Dispute » August 21, 2019 8:53 am

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For the record RA, FOX has the rights to this year's SB. CBS in 2021 and NBC in 2022.                                               Can you imagine if the next Federal Government is Conservative [hopefully] and they decided to significantly cut funding to the CBC in their first budget? The Mother Corporation's response is to pull their channels from all Canadian service providers until funding cuts are restored to their previous levels. Even if the reduction could only be considered a "snip" the CBC would portray it as an "appallingly large slash" Cue the handringing by the usual mostly left wing suspects.                                                                                                                                                                          One more thought. Can you imagine how much programming PBS could purchase or create with the CBC's funding? No more Goldie Gardner expressing 150 different ways of Please Send Money

SOWNY » AT&T/Direct TV- CBS Carriage Fee Dispute » August 21, 2019 6:55 am

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It was recently reported  that AT&T and CBS had signed a multi year agreement to restore the network's programming via local affilliates. As I understand things, [or maybe I don't] the sattelite and cable companies negotiate retransmission agreements withe four networks. Then a separate agreement is worked out with the owners of the local stations. While this agreement has brought smiles to the majority of CBS viewers south of the border, there are still many frowns in markets where the CBS station is owned by Nexstar. WIVB in Buffalo and WROC in Rochester remain unavailable to Direct TV subscribers in those markets.                                                                                    While we here in Canada grumble about simsub, no access to ESPN or the multitude of excellent American sub-channels. Americans must get nervous every five or six years when the re-transmission agreements are about to expire. Gee, Which major network do I lose this time?  Yes I know an antenna is always an option for most people. What about viewers in rural, hilly, forested or mountainous areas. Antennas are not an option for them. They are stuck with Direct-TV or Dish.

SOWNY » Apple TV teases the Morning Show set to stream in September » August 20, 2019 8:29 am

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There has never been anything remotely interesting to me on Netflix, Prime or the soon to arrive Disney+. I prefer to watch tv series I grew up with. I would gladly pay for a package that included Antenna TV, MeTv and Cozi Tv. Like that would ever happen in the Great White North!  The owners of Dejaview [Corus] and the Friends Of Canadian Broadcasting would go on Spincycle if the CRTC even considered distribution of  those channels here. 

SOWNY » Instant Replay: Not So Famous Flops - The TV Shows You Never Saw » August 19, 2019 5:38 am

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Most of these shows didn't last because of powerful competition from the other networks. The New People was done in by Gunsmoke/Here's Lucy and Laugh-In. The Oldest Rookie-Perfect Strangers/Highway To Heaven. The Invisible Man-Rhoda/Phvllis. Gemini Man-Waltons/Kotter/Barney Miller. Rafferty-Colombo/Monday Night Football. San Pedro Beach Bums-Little House On The Prairie. Earth Force-Golden Girls/China Beach. Search-Cannon. Misfits Of Science-Dallas. TV101-Growing Pains/Head Of The Class/Unsolved Mysteries. The Interns-Brady Bunch/High Chaparral. ER-A-Team/Who's The Boss. Texas Wheelers-Rockford Files/CBS Movie.

SOWNY » New CTV Toronto Weather Person » August 11, 2019 7:12 pm

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I don't know if she is an accredited meteoroligist, but she did spend some time working at the Weather Network several years ago.

SOWNY » BOOZE, BROADS & BUCK$ » August 11, 2019 7:06 pm

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I have to admit when this topic first surfaced, I was curious if payola ever happened in Canada. Clearly, from some of the responses, it is a very touchy subject that certain members would rather not discuss. Before the payola scandle broke in 1959, I think CHUM was the only 24 hour Top 40 station in Canada. I was not really into music in 1957, since I was only 4 years old. Did the jocks at that time pick their own records to play or did they already have music and program directors at the station. IF! payola existed here, I can see the rewards being along the lines of Canadian game show prizes. A toaster? A years supply of Turtle Wax? Perhaps a set of American Tourister Luggage?

SOWNY » New CTV Toronto Weather Person » August 11, 2019 5:58 pm

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I watched the Sunday Edition of CTV Toronto News at 6 and it appears there is a new edition to the staff. Lyndsay Morrison did the weather forecast. It seems that she came from CKCO Kitchener aka CTV South Western Ontario. I am assuming she will do weekends and vacation fill-ins. Nice step-up from Kitchener to Toronto.

SOWNY » 60 Minutes [Tick,Tick,Tick] Delays Coming Soon » August 9, 2019 7:48 am

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The idea of Network backsliding their primetime schedule because of NFL overruns can be traced back to the Nov 17, 1968 "Heidi" game between the N.Y. Jets and Oakland Raiders. Both teams were 7-2 and would eventually meet in the AFC Championship game. Timex, the sponsor of the Heidi movie, demanded the program start at 7pm sharp! The football game was cut off with 61 seconds remaining and NY leading 26-22. Nobody in the Eastern and Central time zone saw Oakland score two touchdowns in those remaining seconds to win 43-32. To make matters worse, when the game ended at 7:07, NBC put a large scroll across the screen announcing the final score just as Heidi's paralyzed cousin was about to get out of her wheelchair to attempt a few steps. Timex was not pleased. Neither were Jet fans or gamblers. Oakland was favoured by 7.5 points. In 60 seconds Jets backers lost their money. On Monday November 18, the game was the lead story on the Huntley-Brinkley Report. They showed the last minute of the game that half of the U.S. never saw. Ever since that game, no network has ever cut an NFL game so their primetime schedule can start on time. Initially, 60 Minutes would be "Joined In Progress" Now you get the entire program, but it does mess up the complete primetime schedule.

SOWNY » 60 Minutes [Tick,Tick,Tick] Delays Coming Soon » August 9, 2019 6:17 am

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The NFL season is almost here again [Sept 8] which means frustration for non football fans and 60 Minutes fans. A brief explanation. The season lasts 17 weeks. Games are played at 1PM and 4:25PM. FOX and CBS each take turns broadcasting the 4:25 Doubleheader game. Each network gets 8 DH games. Both networks carry a DH game in week 17. When CBS has a 4:25 kickoff, do not expect to see 60 Minutes on WIVB until sometime between 7:30 and 8PM. Non OTA viewers, who have access to KIRO Seattle, can watch at 10PM Here is a list of the weeks you will have 60 Minute delays on WIVB. Sept 22, 29. Oct 13, 27. Nov 3, 17. Dec 1, 8, 29.                                                                         I know this doesn't help with your frustration, but you at least will be prepared to add an extra 30 minutes of recording time to your PVR.

SOWNY » Global News Radio - Hamilton » August 8, 2019 7:17 am

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Perhaps Hamiltonians actually like Old Time Radio or maybe there are some contractual obligations that must be fulfilled. Just a guess on my part.

SOWNY » The New Most Annoying Spot On Radio » August 8, 2019 7:10 am

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One ad that I loved was the Staples Back To School where the announcer screams  "THEY'RE GOING BACK" with Andy Williams singing The Most Wonderful Time of The Year in the background. The parents are skipping down the aisle tossing school supplies in a shopping cart while the two preteen children walk along behind as if they were headed for a prison execution chamber. When I hear Most Wonderful Time now, I think of Back To School more than I do Christmas.

SOWNY » An interesting view on "Cancon" rules being applied to streaming audio » August 7, 2019 7:40 am

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I have a subscription to Spotify. I enjoy it immensely. There is plenty of music by Canadian artists available on the service. Perhaps, the service could be modified to improve the search for Canadian music or spotlight new artists. However, knowing how Government likes to wrap themselves in the Canadian flag when it comes to media and cultural issues, some busybody clerk will come up with an idea that goes something like: You WILL listen to Canadian music AND you WILL like it. I can see it now. For every three songs that you choose for your listening pleasure, One of those choices must be by a Canadian artist. Make the product available and easy to find. It should always be the paying customer's decision whether he consumes the Canadian product or not.

SOWNY » Global News Radio - Hamilton » August 7, 2019 7:09 am

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The Frank Nelson interview was quite interesting. I had heard that Jack Benny was an extremely generous man in real life. That was a very touching story at the end of the interview. The only radio shows I remember listening to as a kid were "Your's Truly: Johnny Dollar" [1949-1962] and "Gunsmoke" [1952-1961] I think Johnnny Dollar was some sort of Insurance investigator. William Conrad played the role of Matt Dillon on the radio series. He sounded the way James Arness looked. If I were to hear an episode of Gunsmoke today, I would not be able to get the image of Frank Cannon waddling around Dodge City. Howard McNear [of Floyd the Barber fame] played Doc Adams on the radio version of Gunsmoke as well.

SOWNY » WIVB/WNLO/WUTV/YesTV Confirm OTA Frequency Shift » August 5, 2019 6:51 pm

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The Beverly Hillbillies follow the Wonder Years from 2:30-3:30am.

SOWNY » Instant Replay: Your “Guide” To Saturday Morning TV » August 5, 2019 9:37 am

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At one time there were 150 individual local editions of TV Guide printed weekly. That ended in 2005 when an east/west grid National edition was introduced. The U.S. edition still exists. I saw a copy in a variety store several years ago. It covers a two week period now and looks very much like your on screen guide. I think the price was $4.99.                                                                                                                                                                               RA: you seem to have a rather large collection of TV Guides. Do you have any of the Fall Preview issues? I think it would be fascinating to read the reviews of the premieres of all those legendary 50's and 60's shows. Whether they thought would be successful or be pulled after their initial 39 week run.I have often wondered what their record of predicting hits and misses was over the years.

SOWNY » 640am is the place for late night radio » August 3, 2019 6:32 am

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I purchased a Sonos box. Now I am no longer limited to just Toronto radio.

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